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5/8/2013 - Registration Open for Art-Book Workshop
Salina Downtown Inc. and the Smoky Hill River Festival announce that open registration begins Wednesday, May 8, for the 2013 pre-Festival workshop. The workshop, titled “Books In A Box,” will be on Thursday, June 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Studio B, 115 N. Santa Fe.
Artists and art lovers ranging from high schoolers to adults are encouraged to register soon by phone, by calling 785-309-5770.

Thanks to the partnership between Salina Arts & Humanities and Salina Downtown, Inc., the six-hour workshop is offered at no cost. The workshop venue and participant supplies are underwritten by Studio B. Due to the hands-on nature of the “Books In A Box” workshop, registration will be limited to 12 confirmed participants, and will close as soon as the workshop is filled.

“Books In A Box” will be presented by Peggy Johnston of Des Moines, also a 2013 Fine Art Show exhibitor. Johnston is a recognized book artist who teaches in area schools and also at the Des Moines Art Center, Drake University and the University of Northern Iowa. She is a founding member of the Prairie Book Collaborative. Her work is displayed in private and public collections nationally.

Highlights of the workshop will include the teaching of 18 artisan book-making techniques, each represented by a completed booklet that is part of a set that participants will create.

The Smoky Hill River Festival runs Thursday afternoon through Sunday, June 6-9, in Oakdale Park. Festival admission Buttons are on sale at about 30 retail locations across Salina and at 11 regional cities. For more information on the pre-Festival workshop or on the River Festival, call 785-309-5770 or visit

For needed accommodations, please call Kathy Burlew at Salina Arts & Humanities at 785-309-5770 between 8:00 a.m. - Noon and 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Every effort will be made to accommodate known disabilities. For material or speech access, please call at least five working days prior to the event.

Salina Arts & Humanities, a department of the City of Salina, has served a unique role in arts advocacy and support since 1966. The Smoky Hill River Festival, Horizons Grants Program, Smoky Hill Museum, Arts Infusion Program in schools, Cultural Connections, and Art a la Carte concert series are among the programs of Salina Arts & Humanities, located at 211 W. Iron Avenue in Salina.# # #

May 8, 2013

Karla Anderson or Kay Quinn 
(785) 309-5770  

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